‘Browning and his Lady Admirers’

  • An American correspondent


Another instance of modern Browningolatry was recently recorded. ‘One day,’ wrote an American correspondent, ‘while driving through High-street, Kensington, I saw a funny sight. A party of Yankee schoolmarms had caught sight of Robert Browning walking briskly down the street past Albert Hall, and recognised him by his photograph. With a wild whoop they all gave chase. He crossed the street to avoid them, then dodged into the park. They followed and pursued him round and round the Albert Memorial, until at last they played the Juliet and the nurse dodge,1 and rushed at him from all sides. As I looked back a gaunt female had him by the hand, and they were all looking at him with an eager, hungry gaze, as if they were going to preserve his every word — to can them, in fact — and take them back to Boston. I was in terror till I saw him the next time for fear that in their desire for souvenirs they might not leave him a single hair, but he bobbed up just as bright as ever, so perhaps it is a common experience.’

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